The French government has defended the actions of navy commandos after a hostage was killed in a raid on a yacht held by pirates off the Somali coast.
The dead man was identified as Florent Lemacon, the boat’s owner. France has always taken a robust view on piracy and commandos were ordered in when the gang reportedly threatened to execute the hostages. France’s defence minister Herve Morin said: “recordings showed the pirates were taking a progressively tougher stance. They were talking intensively about executing the hostages and destroying the boat with explosives.And they really wanted to get to the coast. “ The passengers in the hi-jacked boat The Tanit, had been repeatedly told to avoid the dangerous waters of the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia. Pirates captured the yacht a week ago. Meanwhile, America is still trying to win the release of Captain Richard Phillips of the ship the Maersk Alabama, which was seized but later released off the coast of Somalia. The American destroyer USS Bainbridge is on the scene, one of a number of foreign ships monitoring Captain Phillps’ plight. Phillips is one of 270 hostages being held by pirates